1. Creating the self-delivering package

    A couple years ago I was asked to keynote the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium in Antalya, Turkey on the future of the postal industry. This was a fascinating event where thought leaders from around the world gathered to discuss next-generation postal systems. I focused my talk around a central question – “How long will it be before we can mail a package and have it travel to a city on th…Read More

  2. Is death our only option? Buying into the dream of immortality

    Imagine what it will be like attending the Olympics in 2248. Men and women competing in their respective sports will range in age from 16 to 212. The oldest competitor is now in his 38th Olympic competition, and young people have complained for years how hard it is to break into some of the elite sports when old time veterans continued to strengthen their techniques and are addicted to the winner …Read More

  3. Using AI to turn the Global Language Archive into the “Louvre of Languages”

    In 2012, I proposed the idea of creating a Global Language Archive. This was roughly the same time that the Endangered Languages Project was getting kicked off, which I’ll discuss in more detail below. But I always viewed a Global Language Archive as being much more than an online effort. The world is losing languages at a rapid clip. Over 500 languages have less than 10 people still speaking th…Read More

  4. Pushing the Envelope of Human Existence 

    Having been born and raised on a small rural farm in South Dakota, I grew up with a very narrow perspective of the rest of the world. With only two TV channels and three radio stations to pick from, our news options were very limited. As a teenager, watching the nightly newscasts on television, I was thoroughly amazed at all of the things happening around the world, and yet none of them were happe…Read More

  5. Should we gamify citizenship?

    We live in a world filled with status symbols. Every well-written resume is chocked full of symbols of distinction ranging from academic accomplishments, job titles, published works, personal endorsements, memberships, patents, awards, and more. However, most of these achievements go unnoticed. For example, the financial world will pay attention to a persons FICO score, but little else. The employ…Read More

  6. Life begins at a billion moments

    When does artificial intelligence become real intelligence? And how do we define real intelligence? This is a question that AI experts and people in the tech community have been wrestling with for some time, a question that has led to “the billion moment theory.” The theory goes something like this. Life-changing moments are happening every second of every day. That means every minute another …Read More

  7. 12 mind-blowing AI advances and 12 critical takeaways to put AI in perspective

    It was rare to find a tech columnist last year that didn’t make some reference to artificial intelligence. But it was also rare to find a writer who could clearly differentiate between the hype and true relevance of these accomplishments. Keep in mind, even after decades of tech progress, we still get lost with our GPS, our digitally translated documents are often unreadable, and our smartphones…Read More

  8. 59 things you’ll be able to do on the cruise ship of the future that you can’t do today

    I always think that when I’m on a cruise I’ll be able to catch up on all the writing projects that I‘m behind on. But somehow that never happens. Every ship is full of distractions and unusual forms of entertainment designed to keep the crowds coming back. And so far it has been working very well on me. With 27.2 million passengers projected for 2018 and only 20% of US citizens having ever t…Read More

  9. Five tipping points that show why our current banking system is doomed

    When is the last time you set foot into a bank? While many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bank, where we love the people but hate the fees, we still tend to go there. According to a recent survey by Fiserv of 3,000 bank users, over the past 30 days, more than 80% said they logged into their bank’s website an average of 11 times. But 61% said they had also visited their bank during …Read More

  10. Giving the future a ‘hole’ new perspective

    I often get asked the question, “How did you become a futurist?” When I get this question, I know that the person asking is secretly thinking that being a futurist is one of the coolest professions of all times, which it is. And they want some concrete process for becoming a futurist, which there isn’t. Becoming a futurist is really a calling. You are being called by the little voices in you…Read More